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Melissa + Matt: Larkspur Maternity + Couple Portraits

I know it’s been awhile since our last blog post in the fall. Michelle has been dealing with some health issues from a bad case of pneumonia since October so we decided it would be best to take a little longer break than usual during the winter. We did make an exception back in January for our session with Melissa and Matt (Michelle’s sister and brother-in-law). While we usually don’t photograph maternity sessions until a month or two before the baby is due, this one was a bit out of the ordinary. Back in 2012 Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of only 29. She went through the whole gamut of surgery, chemo, radiation, etc hoping that it would keep the cancer from coming back. Unfortunately in early 2015, a few months after learning she was pregnant, she got the bad news that the cancer had returned and the best option was to go through a double mastectomy right away during her pregnancy. Obviously not the news anyone wants to hear especially when you are planning to bring a new life into this world! She went in for the surgery the end of January and has been doing awesome! We decided that before the surgery would be a better time to capture some photos of her and her new hubby Matt so the weekend before the surgery we lucked out with some nice weather and headed to Columbine Open Space just south of Castle Rock. It was a little muddy from the snow but I love this location even in the winter. We had fun taking pics of the two of them- even capturing a few “in between” goof off moments 🙂 They are expecting their first child in about two months now and can’t wait to be aunt & uncle to our new niece!

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